The Scottish Highland Football League

The Pyramid System and how it affects the SHFL
Summary Notes on SHFL Pyramid System


January 31st – all clubs capable of becoming League Champions (based on points total &
                          number of games to play ) identify themselves

By March 31st- all potential League Champions apply to SPFL for membership
                          (clubs unable to achieve championship status need not apply)

Application - clubs will detail their ability to comply with entry requirements as per SPFL Rules
                       and confirm club’s willingness to comply with Rules on an on-going basis


Pyramid Play-Off Competition

a.       League Champions of SHFL and SLFL compete home and away on agreed dates, organised by the  SFA
Home team in first match to be decided by a SFA supervised draw

b. Winner plays “Club 42” from SPFL, home and away, organised by SPFL at a date and time determined by the SPFL Board , with Club 42 having home advantage in second leg

c. Winner of this tie will become a member of SPFL and play in SPFL League 2

d. If Club 42 loses tie, they will be relegated to SHFL if ground is north of Latitude 56,4513N

e. The winning club in play off competitions will be the club which scores the most goals over two legs. If aggregate scores are equal after second tie, extra time of 15 minutes each way will be played and thereafter penalty kicks to determine the winner

f. If either the SHFL or SLFL Champion Club does not meet with SPFL membership criteria, and no waiver is granted by the SPFL Board, no play off will take place. The other Champion Club meeting the criteria will play Club 42 as per b above

g. If neither Champion club complies with any part of the membership criteria as determined by the SPFL Board, there will be no play off competition and Club 42 will retain their place in SPFL League 2
News Date 10/06/2014